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Once upon a northern night / Jean E. Pendziwol ; [illustrated by] Isabelle Arsenault.

Pendziwol, Jean. (Author).
Book Book (2013.)
Description: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 28 cm.
Publisher: Toronto : Groundwood Books, 2013.
11 of 11 copies available at NOBLE (All Libraries).
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  • ISBN: 9781554981380
  • ISBN: 1554981387
Summary: The beauty and wonder of a northern winter night unfold.
Additional Physical Form available: Issued also in electronic format.
Authors: Arsenault, Isabelle, 1978- (Added Author).
  • Baker & Taylor
    A lyrical poem describing a northern winter night, including the way the snow falls, the way the stars light up the night, and the way a mother deer leads her fawn.
  • Perseus Publishing
    In this exquisite lullaby, a parent paints a picture of a northern winter night for their sleeping child, describing the beauty of a snowfall, the wild animals that appear in the garden, the twinkling stars, the gentle rhythm of the northern lights and the etchings of frost on the window pane.

    As the young child sleeps, wrapped in a downy blanket, a snowflake falls, and then another and another. The parent describes the forest of snow-covered pines, seeing a deer and fawn nibbling a frozen apple, a great gray owl swooping down with its feathers trailing through the snow. Two snowshoe hare scamper and play under the watchful eyes of a little fox, and a tiny mouse scurries in search of a midnight feast. When the snow clouds disappear, stars light up the sky, followed by the magical shimmering of the northern lights — all framed by the frost on the window.

    Jean E. Pendziwol’s lyrical poem reflects a deep appreciation of a northern winter night, a desire to share it with her sleeping child and the love that underlies that wish.

    Isabelle Arsenault’s spare, beautifully rendered illustrations, with their subtle but striking use of color, make us feel that we too are experiencing the enchantment of that northern night.


Pendziwol, Jean. "Once upon a northern night." Toronto : Groundwood Books, 2013.

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